Eagles likely to play Jalen Hurts, Carson Wentz on the field together

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When the Eagles drafted former Oklahoma and Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts in the second round, they may have given Carson Wentz a new backup. But more likely, they gave Wentz a target he can throw and hand off to this season.

Hurts seems likely to play a role in the Eagles’ offense similar to the role Taysom Hill plays in New Orleans: Sometimes running, sometimes receiving, sometimes passing. Eagles quarterbacks coach and passing game coordinator Press Taylor hinted last year that he’d like a player to play that role, saying that he believes the future of offensive football includes having two passers on the field simultaneously.

“I think at some point, one of the big things will be having multiple people on the field who can throw the ball,” Taylor said. “That’s something going forward … You’ve seen the ‘Philly Special,’ you’ve seen all different versions of double passes. I think at some point I can see something like that coming into play.”

Taylor is intrigued by quarterbacks who have the athletic ability to play running back or wide receiver, but also have a good arm.

“You get these guys coming out of college that were dual-threat quarterbacks who had to transition to receiver and different things like that,” Taylor said. “It’s just a way to get your best players onto the field and threaten the defense in the most ways possible.”

Hurts certainly qualifies as a dual-threat quarterback: Last year at Oklahoma he passed for 3,851 yards and 32 touchdowns, and ran for 1,298 yards and 20 touchdowns. This year in Philadelphia, expect a creative approach to getting Hurts involved.

21 responses to “Eagles likely to play Jalen Hurts, Carson Wentz on the field together

  1. “multiple people on the field who can throw the ball”…yes, but…you also have to have people to catch those balls.

  2. I’m skeptical of the picks so far. A linebacker would’ve been good there. But I do like the swinging for the fences too, they better hope they don’t whiff though

  3. SOMETHING ‘creative’ is going to need to happen based on how this Draft has proceeded, absolutely! ………

  4. Green Bay is locked in on a “Long Snapper” with pick in second round, fingers crossed our guy is still there at 62……

  5. Dear god what were they thinking. The Saints took an undrafted player who was waived and found a role for him. The Eagles wasted a 2nd round pick trying to become the NO Saints.

    You don’t see other teams trying to make their backup QB an integral part of their offense. Hell Hill wasn’t the guy who played when Brees got hurt, it was Bridgewater.

    Hopefully he will last longer than the Eagles 4th round pick last year, that QB didn’t make it out of training camp and was also considered a major reach.

  6. Waste of a 2nd round puck when you have glaring needs (WR, DE, CB, S) and Denzel Mims AJ Espanenza there. Howie can do deals but he can’t draft worth a damn.

  7. They already have Ward who was a Quarterback at Houston this is just a really stupid draft pick. This is shaping up to be the worst Eagles draft ever.

  8. I don’t know how this pays off over pretty much any other position. Third round we are taking a punter. Two rounds and two questionable picks I’m baffled and hopefully they see something others don’t

  9. As the old saying goes

    If you have two quarterbacks you have no quarterback.

  10. This pick was a luxury for a team that still has holes to fill at DE, LB, DB, and still needs more WRs. First two picks were reaches. Miss Joe Douglas. Grade D so far.

  11. Eagles had issues scoring TDs in the Red Zone last year. Maybe Hurts gives them a better chance of getting into the end zone instead of another Wentz 3rd down incompletion.

  12. What the hell is Howie doing??? So many holes and you have blown this entire draft so far.

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